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Bridging Programs

Gain Experience and Start Your Licensing Process

Our profession specific bridging programs provide you with:

  • access to accurate information about the licensure process in your field
  • training sessions and workshops with experts in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing and finance
  • opportunities to complete work based engineering or trade competency assessment with a Nova Scotia employer

Begin by meeting with an Employment Specialist who will help you create a special plan of action for your needs, short and long term goals and will recommend appropriate programs for you.

Engineers Bridging Program

Do you want to demonstrate your skills and knowledge to a potential engineering employer?

The Internationally Educated Engineers (IEE) Bridging Program offers:

  • Information about the Pathway to Licensure
  • Access to local engineering work experience
  • An understanding of Canadian engineering workplace culture
  • Referral to Orientation and Communication Skills for Engineers course
  • Valuable references for your job search

The Engineering Work-based Competency Assessment Program offers:

  • An unpaid 12-week opportunity to demonstrate your engineering competencies and identify skill gaps with a Nova Scotian engineering employer. An honorarium will be given for the 12-week placement
  • An opportunity to explore how your profession is practiced in Canada and to show your qualifications to a potential employer
  • A chance to submit your work experience record to Engineers Nova Scotia (ENS). This experience may be considered towards the one year North American experience requirement.

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Be an Internationally Educated Engineer (IEE)
  • Be an immigrant Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Register as an ISANS client and with an Employment Specialist
  • Commit to complete 12-week on-the-job engineering competency assessment
  • Have a language level of CLB 6+

Your Employment Specialist will help you decide if the Engineering Work-based Competency Assessment Program is right for you.

For more information please contact your Employment Specialist.

Talk to your Employment Specialist to determine eligibility

Meet with the Program Coordinator

Coordinator facilitates match with engineering company

You complete a 3-month unpaid full time engineering placement

Work experience is documented & evaluated by supervisor

Work experience may be submitted to ENS as part of licensure application

Financial Services Bridging Program

ISANS works with CPA Atlantic and volunteer Certified Public Accountants to offer educational training and information sessions on some of the following topics:

  • Pathway to licensure as CPA in Canada
  • Understanding of the Taxation system
  • English financial terminology
  • Financial software applications: Sage 50 Training, Upgrades & Refresher Courses
  • Alternative careers in the financial field
  • Financial designation equivalencies
  • Gross to Net & Beyond
  • Bookkeeping essentials
  • Introduction to Financial Statements
  • A day In A/R & A/P
  • Introduction to QuickBooks
  • Understanding your pay check

To be eligible for the Financial Services Bridging Program you must:

  • Be educated and/or experienced in accounting and finance
  • Be an immigrant Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Register as an ISANS client
  • Register with an Employment Specialist at ISANS
  • Complete one of the Job Search Strategies workshops

For more information please contact your Employment Specialist.

Talk to your Employment Specialist to determine eligibility

Meet with the Program Coordinator

Complete training and attend information sessions

You provide feedback & complete program evaluation

Continue to work with your Employment Specialist

Internationally Educated Dentists Bridging Program

The goal of the Internationally Educated Dentist (IED) Bridging Program is to facilitate the immigrant professional in navigating the Dental Licensure Pathway and assisting with integration into Canadian Dental Practice.

IED Bridging Program offers the following services:

  • Structured Study Groups
  • On-site healthcare library
  • Limited online learning resources
  • Educational sessions
  • Facilitated short term clinical and laboratory familiarization visits
  • Support with alternative career choices

IEDP Study Groups
These structured study groups run weekly and are topic focused. Participating in the Study Group allows IEDs to share knowledge, experience, resources and encourages learning while utilizing expertise from colleagues in the group. On-site reference books, updated on-line resources, review materials and electronic resources are used to facilitate these sessions.

On-site & Online Resources
ISANS has a library of updated textbooks and reference books that IEDs can borrow. List of review materials and suggested textbooks from the Dental Examining Boards are made available through the ISANS Healthcare Library.

Team Approach Client Support
One -on- one client support and information is provided to immigrant IEDs who seek opportunities for alternate careers and employment. Visits to selected clinical practice and laboratory settings are facilitated to aid in career decision making.

The IED Bridging Program is:

Customized: Consideration is given to individual learning needs, professional background and experience, goals and aspirations
Comprehensive: It helps IEDs bridge the gaps in their professional knowledge, experience, and communication skills
Collaborative: Canadian Licensed Immigrant Dental Professionals, IED Multi-stakeholder Work Group, ISANS Healthcare Bridging Colleagues

To be eligible for this program you must be:

  • An immigrant Internationally Educated Dental Professional (IEDP)
  • A registered ISANS client
  • Actively working with an ISANS employment specialist

For more information please contact your Employment Specialist.

Talk to your Employment Specialist to determine eligibility

Meet with the IMG Program Coordinator

Participate in Study Groups

Participate in Clinical Skills Review Program

Internationally Educated Nurses Orientation Program

This program offers:

  • Information about the pathway to licensure
  • Structured Study Groups
  • Access to ISANS Healthcare Sciences Library
  • Online learning resources
  • Nursing educational sessions
  • Information about alternative careers
  • Peer support
  • Professional mentoring

Foundations Of Nursing Practice For Internationally Educated Nurses

This 16-week facilitated course will introduce you to the foundations of nursing practice in Canada and the Canadian healthcare system. This course is delivered twice a year in spring and winter. To accommodate nursing professionals, the training is offered in a blended format (in person and online) and facilitated by experienced registered nurse educators.

The course will help you compare your own experiences with Canadian health care delivery and nursing practice and identify any educational gaps or differences in knowledge, skills and competencies.

Course content includes: Concepts of Therapeutic Communication, Medical Terminology, Professional Documentation, Review of Medical/Surgical Nursing, Pharmacology and Administration of Medications, Health Assessment, Maternal Child Health, Mental Health, and Concepts of Family Focused Care.

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Be an Internationally Educated Nurse
  • Be an immigrant, Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Register as an ISANS client
  • Register with an Employment Specialist at ISANS
  • Have a minimum language level of CLB 5
  • Be available and committed to attend study groups and educational sessions at flexible hours

For more information please contact your Employment Specialist.

Talk to your Employment Specialist to determine eligibility

Meet with the Program Coordinator

Complete the Foundations for Nursing Practice online and on-site facilitated sessions

Attend structured study group sessions

Internationally Educated Pharmacists Bridging Program

The International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs) Bridging Program will help you understand and meet the standards of practice in Canada and achieve your professional goals, including licensure and employment. Your ability to communicate effectively in a pharmacy or healthcare setting determines your success.

Pharmacy Study Groups
Study Groups prepare you for the Canadian Evaluating and Qualifying Pharmacy Exams. Topics include: therapeutics, pharmacy laws and ethics, pharmacy drug distribution, pharmacy management, drug information and the pillars in the Canadian Health Care System. Study groups are offered on a weekly basis before the exams dates.

IPG Communication Skills Lab
The Communication Skills Lab gives you an opportunity to role-play realistic pharmacy scenarios with trained simulated patients. A licensed pharmacist observes, assesses and provides you with direct feedback on your pharmacy knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills. These sessions will help you prepare for the national OSCE exam. The Communication Skills Lab program is offered twice a year in spring and fall.

This program will help you:

  • Improve your interpersonal and communication skills
  • Understand and practice realistic interactive and non-interactive cases through the Mock OSCE sessions
  • Get structured feedback from pharmacist assessors and professional simulated patients
  • Identify gaps in your pharmacy knowledge and skills
  • Access online and on-site pharmacy resources
  • Practice answering pharmacy multiple choice questions (MCQs)
  • Build your network with Canadian licensed pharmacists
  • Meet other IPGs going through the licensure process

Talk to your Employment Specialist to determine eligibility

Meet with the IPG Program Coordinator

Participate in Study Groups

Participate in Communication Skills Lab

International Medical Graduates Bridging Program

Are you planning to practice medicine in Canada? Are you preparing for the Medical Council of Canada Examinations?

If so, then the International Medical Graduates (IMG) Bridging Program is for you!

ISANS can assist you with:

  • Pathways to licensure preparation
  • Structured Study Groups
  • Clinical Skills Review Program (MCCQEII and NAC-OSCE)
  • Access to ISANS Resource library (online and on-site)
  • Educational sessions
  • Support with observership placements

The IMG Bridging Program offers:

Facilitated Study Groups
You will prepare for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCC EE) and Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE Part I). Study groups provide a learning environment for exploration, discussion and modelling of medical content and networking opportunities among peers. Various supports and resources can help you prepare for the exams. Group sessions are offered on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Clinical Skills Review Program (available on-site & online)
You will increase your knowledge of the Canadian healthcare system and culture and improve your professional communication skills. Prepare for the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC-OSCE) and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE Part II). The program includes facilitated sessions with opportunities to role-play realistic clinical scenarios with trained simulated patients. Get feedback from professional practicing physicians on your clinical skills, communication and interpersonal skills. The Clinical Skills Review program is offered twice a year, consisting of 10-12 facilitated evening sessions and 5-6 mock OSCE sessions.

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Be an international medical graduate
  • Be an immigrant Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Register as a client with ISANS
  • Register with an Employment Specialist at ISANS
  • Have a minimum language level of CLB 5
  • Be available to attend study groups and educational sessions at flexible hours

For more information please contact your Employment Specialist.

Talk to your Employment Specialist to determine eligibility

Meet with the IMG Program Coordinator

Participate in Study Groups

Participate in Clinical Skills Review Program

Trades Practical Assessment Program

                           In partnership with NSAA

Do you want to demonstrate your skills to a potential employer in your trade? Are you interested in apprenticeship?

This program offers:

  • A comprehensive assessment of your trade
  • Certified safety training
  • Job search, interview skills and Canadian workplace culture training
  • Paid 12-week on-the-job practical assessment
  • Evaluation of your apprenticeship level and exam readiness

The Trades Practical Assessment Program offers the following supports:

  • Safety Training: complete First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, Fire Safety and any other essential training
  • Trades Practical Assessment: a (paid) 12-week opportunity to demonstrate your competencies in your field and:
    • Identify skill gaps with a Nova Scotian employer so you can upgrade your skills
    • Improve your immediate communication skills and language level
    • Explore how your trade is practiced in Canada and show your qualifications to a potential employer

To be eligible to attend this program you must:

  • Have a background in trade with minimum of 2 years of experience
  • Be an immigrant, a Permanent Resident, or a Canadian Citizen
  • Register as an ISANS client
  • Register with an Employment Specialist at ISANS
  • Have a minimum language level of CLB 4+

For more information please contact your Employment Specialist.